A volcano for Monday

Excellent video of an undersea volcano eruption. After eating two tacos from Jack in the Box last night at our Paranoia game, this is about how my stomach still feels. At the tender age of not quite thirty, I am apparently now officially too old to (a) handle greasy food even if I have six ...

Backyard Geology: The Valles Caldera

There’s still some geology left for me this semester – this coming Monday I get to start cutting my thin section from the kimberlite I picked up at Green Mountain. Eventually the thin section will be made in to a slide and I’ll be doing a petrographic analysis, taking a photo micrograph of it, and ...

Backyard Geology: Capulin Volcano

Four days in a row of hiking (since even though we came back on Sunday, we did another hike on Monday) have just about destroyed me. I’m limping around like an old lady today. Lots of very, very cool stuff was seen on the field trip. Yes, I took many pictures. No, I haven’t uploaded ...

As always, humans are less patient than geology.

Clash Over Rebirth of Mt. St. Helens Basically, there are getting to be louder and louder disagreements over the Forest Service management of the study area at Mt. St. Helens. It’s been almost thirty years since the eruption. No doubt most people are ready to move on, but not those pesky scientists. I really do ...

Spiderbots!

From the Department of That Is Some Awesome Technology You’ve Got There: Scientists invent ’spiderbots’ that talk amongst themselves inside active volcano. I think this is some pretty exciting stuff, and I’m glad to see that NASA is working on it. Basically, they’re developing robots to form a self-healing network for sensing seismic data. The ...